Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Mason Loring Bliss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/02/1999 12:41:11
On Sat, Apr 03, 1999 at 03:22:27AM +1000, Robert Elz wrote:
> | I strongly feel that our default should
> | have *all* machine-specific configuration information in /etc.
> I agree (though I'd actually prefer things which are really config
> files in /etc/conf to make them easier to find amongst the various
> scripts, etc that also live in /etc).
> But crontabs and even the passwd file aren't configuration information.
They're close enough. But, anyway, I think there's a *lot* of stuff that
falls into the same category as the crontabs.
I think, for now, moving the cron stuff into /etc makes sense. Then, if we
have the goal of providing read-only root, after 1.4 we can start to tran-
sition to having two locations for configuration information, one for
volatile stuff, and one for essentially static things.
What I really want is to have a couple of known places that have configuration
information that I can back up with the idea that all I need to do is back up
these places and be able to overlay them on top of a completely fresh install
to have my entire work environment back.
For now, things that are unique to my system and that aren't automatically
Picture me singing: "One of these things is not like the others!"
> But dumps still need to be done, which is why I don't want crontab files for
> hundreds, or thousands, of users all being stuffed there.
Hm. Problems caused by scale. I guess that's quite valid. Hm.
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